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Bentley SUV To Feature 12-Cylinder Engine, Says CEO

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We already know Bentley’s working on a new SUV model due sometime in 2014 or 2015, and we also know that it will be instantly recognizable as a Bentley despite almost certainly riding on Porsche Cayenne running gear.

However, now we also know that it will feature a 12-cylinder gasoline powerplant, which should make it the first vehicle from a mainstream manufacturer to do so.

Of course, sister brand Audi already sold a version of its Q7 with a 12-cylinder engine but that featured a diesel unit and not gasoline.

Speaking with Autocar, Bentley CEO Durheimer said: “We will be first to use a 12-cylinder gasoline engine in a luxury SUV. I like this idea; it makes clear whose car is the boss.”

It won’t just be any 12-cylinder engine, either. Bentley is likely to be using a new-generation W-12 currently in development.

Additionally, the new SUV should also spawn Bentley’s first diesel model, picking up a new V-12 TDI engine that’s also reportedly in development.

What’s not clear is whether Bentley will offer an ‘entry-level’ V-8 option like it plans to do with the Continental GT early next year.

Stay tuned for an update. For our previous report, click here.
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  1. so as to not canabilise sales from the Cayenne the Bentley will start just below the Turbo and finish in the stratosphere.
    the same way that the Tourag starts early and finishes above the base Cayenne
     
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